» 02/24/2010, 00.00
ISRAEL - PALESTINE
War of words over the Cave of the Patriarchs between Netanyahu and Abbas
Abbas’ reaction is “hypocritical”, Netanyahu’s decision is a “provocation”; all because the israeli PM decided to add Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs to Israel’s list of national heritage sites. Palestinians fear it is just another land grab. Jewish settlers and nationalists are happy with Netanyahu’s decision.
21/08/2010 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Scepticism over "direct" dialogue between Israel and Palestine
Although Netanyahu and Abbas agreed to meet next on Sept. 2, problems seem insurmountable settlements, Jerusalem, return of refugees. Hamas is sceptical, but also moderate Palestinian and Israeli figures. AsiaNews sources: Enough with palliative care. A large international initiative is needed.
02/04/2010 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Israeli raid in Gaza injures three children as Jerusalem prepare for Easter under tight security
Israel carries out 13 strikes overnight targeting four Hamas weapons factories. The operation is in retaliation against rocket attacks into Israel and the killing of two Israeli soldiers. Palestinian Christians complain about obstacles that prevent them from visiting the holy places. The patriarchs of the Holy Land release an Easter greetings message.
03/01/2009 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Day of prayer tomorrow, for peace in Holy Land
The observance has been called for by the churches of Jerusalem. Public demonstrations have been canceled, and only religious ceremonies remain. The custodian of the Holy Land and the Latin and Greek-Melkite patriarchs are renewing their appeal with a video message.
16/09/2010 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Jewish settlements in West Bank and East Jerusalem hindering Israeli-Palestinian talks
Mahmoud Abbas is threatening to leave negotiations if settlement activity does not stop. Freeze on new construction is set to expire in ten days. Netanyahu refuses to extend freeze, claiming security is Israel’s top priority.
21/03/2005 israel - palestine - holy land
Holy Land towards peace or towards a Third Intifadah?
AsiaNews correspondent gives us an analysis on the signs of hope and the ambiguities and menaces hanging on the future of the Middle East.
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